Reading through the night

Recently, I’ve had a few people ask for some reading ideas, so I thought it might be good time to do another …on the reading pile post. I’ve got a couple of books on the go at the moment, and number of tempting titles waiting for their turn next.

I’m almost through Jennifer Paynter’s Mary Bennet (Penguin Books) which I mentioned in March, and I’ve also recently finished this month’s TBYL Book Club book, The Help, ready to discuss at the end of May.

I’ve also made a start on a paranormal young adult novel by Julie Kagawa called The Immortal Rules (Harlequin Teen). It’s such a wonderfully easy read, and I’m looking forward to reviewing it in full next week. The first in a coming series, it’s a tale of vampires, fringe dwellers and the struggle between survival and extinction. Allison Sekemoto, the main protagonist is tough and likeable, and I can’t wait to see what happens to her in her fight against a myriad of threats, human, vampire and otherwise.

Once I’ve finished Julie’s book, I’ll be moving on to a love story, a novel by Ayshe Talay-Ongan, Turquoise (Find out more). It’s described as being…

“…set against transcendent love, unrelenting hatred and loyalties to friends and family, Turquoise is the story of an enduring and passionate love affair between Yasmin and Renan, which spans two decades, two marriages and three continents.”

I don’t read many romances, so this will be something a bit different for me. I’m looking forward to it.

Throughout June, I’ll be sure to read our next TBYL Book Club book as well, S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep (Penguin Books). I’ve not read this previously, and I’ve heard impressive things about it. It’s described as a psychological thriller of the highest order;

“Each day, Christine wakes knowing nothing of her life. Each night, her mind erases the day. But before she goes to sleep, she will recover fragments from her past, flashbacks to the accident that damaged her, and then—mercifully—she will forget.”

I’m excited, and little bit scared about reading this one and I hope you’ll join us to discuss this book in June.

Next up will be Diane Chamberlain’s The Good Father (Mira) which has been recommended as being ‘essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans.’ It’s the touching story of Travis, a young single father who makes the somewhat unexpected decision to choose fatherhood over the usual fun and partying of young adulthood. The novel follow’s Travis as he’s backed into a corner, making potentially disastrous choices.

“With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter’s sake. Even if it means he might lose her.”

 Sounds very interesting, and a quite unique storyline and characters.

Lastly is a book that’s been on the pile for a little while, and that I’ve been very tempted by on and off, simply because it’s got such an appealing cover. It’s Andrew Nicoll’s If You’re Reading This I’m Already Dead (Pan Macmillan).

“Sitting in his caravan, drinking what is left of his coffee (dust), Otto has narrowly escaped death at the hands of allied bombs. Convinced his luck has run out and he will not see morning, he decides to record the story of his life for the poor soul who finds his body.”

This novel looks like it’ll be an absolutely crazy ride! It’s war-time setting takes a back seat to a bizarre reminiscence of circus acts, royalty, striking and convenient resemblances and of course, Otto. Again, I can’t wait to get into this one.

I’ve a couple of other books that are sneaking up behind these ones, but I’ll chat about them soon. For now, I think that’s more than enough for me to get my head around. I think there’ll be a few late nights reading in June…

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read any of these titles? What did you think of them?

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. booksaremyfavouriteandbest
    May 16, 2012 @ 23:58:26

    You won’t go to sleep if you begin ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ at bedtime – it’s gripping! I read it in one sitting (granted on a long plane flight) but it had me guessing until the end. Seriously good.


  2. mandamitchell
    May 17, 2012 @ 10:11:35

    I think I put a discussion post up on our bookclub about The Help, but I honestly don’t have a clue if it worked! I’d forgotten to join the early readers group first lol, so if it deleted things it’s my own fault *grins* Looking forward to talking about it.

    I’m reading Ursula LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness for the first time, I’m liking it a surprising amount. I think I started it once when I was about 13, it’s definitely too dry for teenage me but fascinating anthropologically to me as an adult =)


  3. mandamitchell
    May 17, 2012 @ 10:14:12

    Oh for goodness sake. I know everyone raves about wordpress but I despise it, every time I try to leave a comment it says You have to log in to comment! And then I log in and it has helpfully deleted my comment. Because it is a Dick.

    So possibly, who knows, it actually did post what I wrote just before. But more likely not. So, um, I read the Help and put up a discussion post in our bookclub but don’t know if it posted, because technology and me are like radiator fluid and fluffy bunnies, together they are a sad sad story.


    • That Book You Like
      May 17, 2012 @ 10:38:50

      Hi Amanda, never fear, your comments on WordPress have come through – thanks 🙂 They just needed to be moderated because it was the first time that you’d commented on the blog, but they’ll show up first time, every time now!

      Regarding the book club, you’ve been approved in the Eager Readers Group now, and so you should be able to comment in that group and also the regular May Book Club group. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it, and you’re more than welcome to email me ( if you have any other troubles.

      Some people have had a little trouble with comments disappearing, and I’m currently doing a little more testing, but if it keeps happening, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Thanks 🙂 Looking forward to hearing what you think of the book!


      • mandamitchell
        May 17, 2012 @ 10:42:28

        Thank you! I thought the book was great. And it’s probably a good thing if my post disappeared, gives me a chance to make it coherent the second time around!

        Cheers, Manda =)

  4. That Book You Like
    May 17, 2012 @ 10:57:52

    Very welcome 🙂 Again, can’t wait to hear what you think of it!


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